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Baby Busters 1965 -1980
Anderson County, South Carolina
Now Residing in Gulf Coast Region of Texas
One toy I had that survived my childhood, but apparently not this last move, was a teddy bear. Teddy was my favorite toy. I do not know when I first got this bear. I don’t remember ever not having it. I slept with Teddy always and he even went to college with me and into my first married home. Teddy was my life buddy as far as I was concerned. He knew all my childhood secrets and fears and held many of my tears as I cried myself to sleep most nights. I loved the fur off of that bear. Now, I have no clue where he got off to. I hope that I will find him again someday. He was at our last house; I even made him pajamas because he had lost even more fur. But, like our wedding album, he doesn’t seem to have made it to Texas with us.
The toy that I wanted most as a child was a dollhouse, but I never got one. The closest that I got to a dollhouse back then was The Sunshine Family Treehouse, which wasn’t at all the same. My husband bought me a beautiful dollhouse on our honeymoon. It was stolen when our storage building was stolen. Not broken into, mind you…they took the entire building and all of its contents.
For the most part, my toys were gender-specific. That is just how it was back then. My daddy had very clear ideas of what was for boys and what was for girls and what was appropriate for the various genders to talk about, in mixed company or same company. You didn’t wander off those guidelines unscathed. It was fine by me as far as the toys were concerned, though I did sometimes ride on my brothers’ tractor and car.
I don’t remember us having an overabundance of toys at any one time, though pictures that I’ve seen of Christmas mornings showed us making a pretty good haul most Christmases.
What was your favorite childhood toy? Do you still have it? If not, what happened to it?